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RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!

For over two decades, television audiences have witnessed Raven-Symone growing up in front of the camera.  She landed her first television role at just four years old playing the step-granddaughter of Bill Cosby in The Cosby Show and quickly developed a passion to make everyone around her laugh.  That passion grew to new heights after landing the role of Raven Baxter in "That's So Raven".  The series became an instant success after premiering on The Disney Channel in 2003.  After four successful years on the popular kids network, Raven took a break from television to focus on her budding film and music careers. 

In 2011, Raven made her return to television in the ABC Family original series "State of Georgia," along side Majandra Delfino and Loretta Devine.  The series follows two best friends who move to New York City in hopes of making their dreams come true.  The show is filled with quirky moments, hysterical situations and layered values of a true friendship.  Keep reading to find out what Raven-Symone had to say about her character Georgia Chamberlain.  

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

How is your character Georgia different than That's So Raven? 

In my mind, I think Georgia Chamberlin is Raven Baxter if she moved somewhere else, if she had a new family.  Her ambitions are the same of wanting to reach her dreams and doing whatever she has to do to reach them.  Her loyalty to her family is the same, but Georgia's maturity level is a little bit higher because she is older.  She's not as crazy as Raven Baxter, but she still has her tendencies of like "I'm going to need to dress in a chicken outfit to make something happen."  So there is definitely moments of hilarity, but the main core of Georgia is lot more from a trust fund type of situation. You know, she lives in this apartment with her aunt and it's family money.  She has a different outlook on life, but the ultimate thing that I like to play - the confident, fun girl who is down for whatever - is still prevalent in this character.

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

Georgia and Jo are such good friends despite having really different interests.  What do you think makes a good friendship? 

What I think makes a good friendship is someone that you can connect with in conversation, someone that helps to support you in the things you do, someone that you don't mind listening to as well as them listening to you.  And I think a good friendship is one that doesn't compete with you. If you had someone that wants the same things, does the same things or acts the same way, it's kind of boring because you are looking at yourself the whole time.  So that is one thing that Georgia has come to realize and takes full advantage of it, in a good way.  They support each other in what they do.  Sometimes they clash in terms of not knowing what the other one wants because they are so different. Friends are all different.  I have guy friends and girl friends and each one posses a small thing that reminds me of myself, but they also remind me of things that I lack.

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

In your opinion, do you think it is possible for someone to have more than one best friend?

Being that I am 25, I have been through a lot of people that I have said is my best friend and turn out they're not.  I think that ultimately in life you are lucky if you can call one person your best friend.  To me, a best friend is someone that you never have to talk when you are in a room.  Like my best friend, I've known her since elementary school, and she'll be like "come over" and we sit there and we never talk to each other. You know, we don't necessarily need to talk.  It's just someone who makes you feel better when you are in a bad mood.  I think that it's possible to have multiple best friends, but you kind of have to look at it this way, you can have multiple soul mates in your life as well and you shouldn't feel bad that you have two or three.  You might, and that's okay.  Just don't play favoritism, I guess.

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

In the "Flavor of the Week" episode, your character Georgia and her best friend Jo recall the place where Georgia met her disastrous dates.  Do you have a great or awful date that you could tell us about? 

Being that I take charge of all my dates, no I really don't have a bad date story to tell you. I'm fortunate enough not to have those stories, I'm sorry.

Do you have a really awesome one that happened? 

I was actually just thinking of one that some people might think it was bad, but I think it was awesome.  There was guy and he was like, "Yeah, I've been looking forward to going out with you" and I'm like "Okay, sweet! Lets go to the pizza place!" I'm driving, because I like being in control of the situation, just in case.  We go to this pizza place and I'm like, "I'm going to pay for mine." And he was like, "No!" And literally we start arguing - first date, we start arguing! I was like, "This is amazing; this is awesome!"  This is perfect for me to just prove that we're going to be friends right now.  He says, "Why do you want to pay?" And I said, "Because I don't want you thinking that I owe you something later or whatever and whatnot."  So literally, by the end of the conversation I'm like, "So, who was your last girlfriend? Who do you talk to?" We became friends. To me, that's an awesome date because I was able to just switch it up right then and there and not take it so seriously.  My girlfriends think I am absolutely crazy, but at the same time I gained a friend from it.  So I didn't take it too personally that he was tripping because I wanted to pay for my own food. 

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

In a recent episode, Georgia and Jo visited each other in their daily lives and created a huge disaster of things.  One moment that stood our from that episode was the chicken scene during Georgia's improv class.  Can you describe what that moment was like for you and how you kept your composure through such a physically comedic scene that was taped in front of a live audience?

I don't know how to say this specifically besides that that's what I love to do, that's what I live for.  I love to make people laugh. Honestly, I just love to act crazy on TV. That's my favorite thing in the world to do [Laughs].  Being that there are so many rules and stuff in the real world, why not just go crazy and full force when I'm on TV and just blame it on the character [Laughs].  You know, it's easy to keep your composure if you're trying to make someone laugh. If I made myself crack, it's a big deal. I made myself crack on "That's So Raven" a lot, just because a lot of the time I'll look towards the camera - you know how you look into a lens you can see yourself in the glass or whatnot? - I'll see myself and I can't see me, I see the prosthetics of an old man and a Kentucky Friend Chicken or whatever.  I'll crack myself up then because I really don't see myself doing it.  But with that chicken scene, I knew it was me so I was definitely into it.  I did so many takes.  It was funny, each take was different because I tried to make someone else laugh behind the camera.

I'm that way with my friends too, if they are in a bad mood I will do just about anything to make them smile.  I don't care, I will stop at a stop-light and start dancing to a Britney Spears song and then get in the car really quick before cars come.  I don't know if that is legal, is that bad to say? [Laughs

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

Do you feel that the live audience taping helps to bring that emotion out?

Most definitely.  A live audience taping is an energy that no one else could give me.  With touring and with doing TV shows, it's just the feeling that I can't even describe sometimes.  They are truth tellers, because you could sit there and do a joke for days and days and people are laughing, but with the audience it doesn't laugh I'm like, "Woah. Wait. That wasn't as funny as I thought, lets switch it up."  It just makes you work a lot harder.

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family

In the show Georgia moves to New York to pursue her dreams.  What's the biggest challenge you've had to overcome in your career?

The biggest challenge I've had to conquer is just being a human being in this industry is very difficult, getting people to see you as you grow up and not the person they want you to be or that they have seen for so long.  I think that happens in everyones life, let alone career, especially when you are surrounded by people that have known you when you were a baby.  The good thing is it helps you learn how to deal with people, it helps you learn how to be diplomatic in your speech and I am growing and learning every day.

If you could choose one person to guest star on "State of Georgia" who would you like it be?

I would like it to be somebody from the Raven cast - that or Janet Jackson.  I just think it would be funny to see me as a new character and see how the audience reacts to that.  I miss working with my crew so I would like to be with them again.  I think that would be interesting.

Catch an all-new episode of "State of Georgia" tonight on ABC Family immediately following "Melissa & Joey"!

RAVEN-SYMONE RETURNS TO TELEVISION IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL SERIES "STATE OF GEORGIA"!
Photo Credit: ABC Family


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